New England Basketball Weekend Watch (Friday, Jan. 17th)

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Friday, everyone – hope you are all staying warm on this bone-chilly (and windy) day in Boston.

Did I hear there was some snow in the forecast for tomorrow? When does the warm weather arrive?

Well, while we anxiously wait for temperatures that we had a week ago, let’s dish out a brand new ‘New England Basketball: Weekend Watch’ with some thoughts on a few local D-III games.


Colby College at Middlebury College (Friday, Jan. 17th at 7 p.m.): A battle between our top two teams in this week’s Noontime Top 10 Men’s Basketball Poll.

The Mules of Colby enter the contest riding an impressive 13-game winning streak – they extended that streak last weekend with back-to-back wins over Connecticut College and Trinity College. Sam Jefferson is one of two players in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) averaging 22.8 points per game – he will certainly be a player to watch on Friday evening, as well as someone the Panthers will need to locate when he is on the court.

As for the Panthers, they enter this marquee matchup with a 15-1 mark – they lost last weekend to Amherst College but rebounded the following day with a one-point win over Hamilton College. Tommy Eastman highlighted the Blue and White’s win over the Continentals – similar to Jefferson, he will also be a player to watch in this contest.

Noontime’s Prediction: I think the Panthers’ win over Hamilton provided them with some momentum that not only helped them against Albertus Magnus earlier this week but should assist them to make a few more plays than Colby, especially down the stretch. Middlebury will beat Colby, 81-78. 

Tufts University at Amherst College (Saturday, January 18th at 3 p.m.): It may be too early to call this a ‘must-win’ game for both teams, but as two of the top three women’s basketball teams in the NESCAC, this is a VERY important contest.

Since falling to Emmanuel College last month, the Mammoths have won 11-straight – they will attempt to make it 12-straight wins when they host Bates College this evening with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

Amherst’s Madeline Eck was named the conference’s player of the week on Monday – she entered the week averaging 15.6 points per game. The senior guard, who has played and started in all 15 games this season, has converted 72.1 percent of her free throws while averaging seven caroms per contest.

First-year coach Jill Pace has enjoyed a very successful start with the Jumbos, who enter this weekend riding a 14-game winning streak. Before Tufts visits Amherst on Saturday, they will travel to Hamilton on Friday for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Tufts opened conference play last week with a 78-60 win over Wesleyan University – it was a game that featured a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds by Erica DeCandido. DeCandido will be a player to watch on the Powder Blue and White against the Mammoths on Saturday.

Noontime’s Prediction: This will be a good test for both teams, but Amherst has been impressive since falling to the Saints and should find a way to beat the Jumbos on their home court by a score of 63-57. 


Time for some ‘extra picks’ for the weekend! 

MBB: Tufts (MBB) over Hamilton (Jan. 17th): After falling to Suffolk University earlier this week, the Jumbos will find a way to bounce back against the Continentals before hosting the Mammoths on Saturday afternoon.

MBB: Emmanuel College over Lasell University (Jan. 18th): Coach Danny Lawson and the Saints should continue their recent momentum at home against the Lasers and score their first conference win of 2020.

WBB: Smith College over Emerson College (Jan. 18th): The Pioneers scored an impressive road win earlier this week against the Ephs of Williams College and should be able to continue that momentum on the other side of the state against the Lions.

MBB: Endicott College over Roger Williams (Jan. 18th): The Gulls have rebounded nicely since falling to Nichols College earlier this month with back-to-back wins over Curry College and Gordon College. Look for a big game on Saturday from Keith Brown and Jalen Echevarria.

WBB: Rhode Island College over UMass Boston (Jan. 18th): RIC appears to be the team to beat in the Little East Conference (LEC) – they enter Saturday’s match-up riding an 11-game winning streak. RIC’s Willcia McBorrough will be the player to watch in this contest.

WBB: Westfield State over Bridgewater State (Jan. 18th): After surrendering 101 points to Framingham State last weekend, the Owls have rebounded with some important conference wins over Fitchburg State and Worcester State. Look for Blue and White to extend their current winning streak to three games on Saturday.

WBB: Eastern Nazarene at Mitchell College (Jan. 18th): The Lions appear to be the team to beat (and watch) in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) – this has the making of a potential postseason preview.


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Daily Noontime: Friday, January 17th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

It’s back, everyone – the Daily Noontime has officially returned and is not going to disappear anytime soon!

We’ll have some fun with our Monday through Friday post, sharing news and links, along with some videos, podcasts, and music, so we hope you’re ready for the re-vamped (and 2020 version of one of our oldest and favorite) posts.

So, enjoy our first of many Daily Noontime‘s – as always, thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend, everyone, and we will be back next Monday, January 20th, 2020!


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The Noontime Headlines (and Links!)

  • Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask ‘goes on injured reserve with concussion.’ (ESPN.com)
  • Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams says the “pressure’s really on (the San Francisco) 49ers.” (ProFootballTalk.com)
  • With Carlos Beltran out of a job with the New York Mets, one local outlet claims the organization has ‘no one but themselves to blame for this mess.’ (New York Daily News)
  • Google became the fourth tech giant to reach the market’s BIG milestone behind Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft. (New York Times)
  • Joe Burrow‘s father claims his son would be just fine with quarterbacking the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020. (ESPN.com)
  • Members of the CLNS Media discuss if the Boston Celtics have the best chance for success compared to the Bruins, Boston Red Sox, and New England Patriots(CLNSMedia.com)

Video of the Day: Colin Cowherd receives some insight on the upcoming AFC and NFC Championships from former NFL head coach Jeff Fisher.


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New England Football Offseason Notebook: FSU’s Kelley Announces Retirement

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Weeks after guiding his team to a ninth Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) title, along with an appearance in the NCAA D-III Football Tournament, Framingham State University football coach Tom Kelley announced his retirement on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020.

Kelley, who is an alum of the program, coached the Rams for 13 seasons. He guided Framingham State to five NCAA Tournaments and four bowl victories, including a 3016 New England Bowl championship.

“I cannot express how grateful I am to have been the head coach of the football program at Framingham State for the past 13 seasons,” Kelley said via Wednesday’s announcement on the Framingham State athletics website.

“As a former player, I could not be more proud of our teams and all the fine student-athletes who have come through the program. I was lucky to be surrounded by great coaches on our staff throughout the years that helped lead our teams to so much success.

“At this point, it is time for me to step away from coaching with the program sitting in a great spot coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.  It’s time to put the horse in the barn.”

Framingham State won 107 games under the direction of Kelley, including 100 games in the last 13 seasons. Kelley has coached two AFCA All-Americans while being named the coach of the year eight times by five different organizations, including the New England Football Writers in 2012 when he led the Rams to a New England Football Conference (NEFC) championship, NEFC Bogan Division title, a MASCAC crown, and an NCAA Tournament appearance.

Kelley will remain in his current role as the school’s Director of Athletics while an announcement of a new coach should be coming within the next few weeks.

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Endicott College’s Nick DiCairano will represent the Gulls in The Dream Bowl on Monday, January 21dt, 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nick Grace)

Endicott College senior kicker Nick DiCairano will be representing the Gulls’ football program next Monday, January 21st, 2020 at The Dream Bowl in Salem, Virginia at the Salem Football Stadium, as announced earlier this week on the athletic department’s website.

The Dream Bowl, which started seven years ago, “is a College Football All-Star Showcase of the best FCS, D-II, and D-III players from across the country.”

DiCairano will compete on the 2020 Crusaders team – he will be joined by a few other New England college football players, including Framingham State’s Dwayne Hunter-Parker.

Last month, DiCairano represented Endicott in the National Bowl College All-Star Game after producing an impressive senior season with the Gulls, which included career-bests in field goals (13), extra points made (57) and points (96). His longest field goal of the 2019 season was a 47-yard kick, which he recorded three times against Framingham State, Curry College, and Salve Regina University.

In addition to DiCairano, a few other New England college football players will be competing next Monday at The Dream Bowl, including Sacred Heart wide receiver Kezio Snelling, who was named to the Northeastern Conference (NEC) second team last November.

Also on the Crusaders is Derek Mountain and Corey Stefanik of Holy Cross and Momodou Mbye and Kevin Lawrence of Rhode Island College.

WACBA Women’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 14th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our sixth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 


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Fitchburg State’s Emma Thomson averaged 20 points, six rebounds, and one assist in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. (PHOTO COURTESY: Fitchburg State Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Emma Thomson (Fitchburg State | Sr. | York, Maine): Thomson averaged 20 points, six boards and one assist in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. She posted 20 points, six rebounds, and two assists in a 70-54 triumph over Pine Manor on Wednesday before adding 20 points, six boards and one steal in a 67-56 victory against Salem State on Saturday.


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Worcester State’s Erin Gallella averaged 8.5 points in two games last week for the Lancers. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Erin Gallella (Worcester State | Fr. | Tewksbury, Mass.): Gallella averaged 8.5 points per game in a pair of contests for Worcester State last week. In the Lancers’ win over Saint Joseph’s (Me.) last Tuesday, Gallella recorded eight points with five assists and two rebounds before recording nine points, two rebounds, and one assist in a victory over Anna Maria on Thursday.


Women’s Basketball Milestone: Cherise Galasso (WPI): With a 64-58 win last Tuesday against Williams, WPI coach Cherise Galasso earned her 350th win on the sidelines, including her 315th with the Engineers. Prior to arriving at the Worcester campus, Gallaso won 35 contests during a three-year stint at Regis in Weston, Massachusetts. Two days after their exciting win over the Ephs, WPI provided Galasso with her 351st win with a 70-40 victory against Western New England.


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Amber Wilson (Anna Maria College | Sr. | New York, N.Y.): Wilson poured in a career and game-high 36 points on 10 of 22 shooting against Worcester State last Thursday. Wilson, who is averaging 20.5 points per game, concluded the non-conference tilt with 14 made freebies (out of 17 attempts), five rebounds (four defensive caroms), and five blocks. 

Brianna Capacchione (Assumption College | Sr. | Washington Township, N.J.): Capacchione averaged 14.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game this past week while shooting 34.5 percent from the floor and 100.0 percent from the free-throw line. Against Saint Anselm, Capacchione put up 20 points with five rebounds, one assist, and one block to keep Assumption in the game.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Sr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison continued to lead the Hawks this past week, averaging 20.5 points and 4.5 steals per game over two games. The senior guard poured in 23 points on Tuesday in Becker’s setback at Mitchell before adding 18 at Eastern Nazarene on Saturday.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): In a pair of games for the Crusaders this past week, Manis kicked off the week with a 25-point, 12-rebound, two-steal showing against Lafayette on Wednesday; with 8.6 seconds left, she hit the game-tying layup, was fouled and hit the go-ahead free throw in a 57-56 win over the Leopards. Against Bucknell, she added in a 15-point, five-rebound performance.

Gigi LeMay (Worcester State | Jr. | Grafton, Mass.): LeMay had a breakout week for the Lancers, leading her team to pair of wins off the bench. The junior guard opened the week with a career-high 26 points in a win over Saint Joseph’s (Me.), which included eight rebounds and four steals, before scoring 11 points with eight boards, four assists, and four steals in a win over Anna Maria on Thursday.

Alana Keating (WPI | Sr.| Leominster, Mass.): Keating netted 10 of her game-high 17 points during a game-opening 18-0 run as host WPI defeated Western New England last  Thursday at Harrington Auditorium. The senior guard connected on all four attempts from beyond the arc en route to a career-best point total. She has now reached double digits in five straight games, which has coincided with a five-game winning streak for the Engineers, who improved to 10-4 overall with the victory over the Golden Bears.  Earlier in the week, Keating tallied 10 points, including a trio of three-pointers as the Crimson and Gray knocked off undefeated Williams to deliver head coach Cherise Galasso her 350th career victory.  


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 14th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our sixth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 


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DeAnte Bruton averaged 28.3 points in three games last week for the Nichols College men’s basketball team. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Sr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 28.3 points (49.2 field goal percentage) as the Bison were a perfect 3-0 in three consecutive conference matchups. Bruton began the week with a 27-point, seven-rebound, three-assist, three steal effort against Endicott to snap the Gulls’ six-game winning streak. Two nights later, he poured in 30 points in just 24 minutes of action in a win over Roger Williams. Bruton capped the week with a 28-point outing at the University of New England on Saturday. He also dished out seven assists and snared five rebounds against the Nor’easters as the Bison moved to 5-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign.


Men’s Rookie of the Week: Keegan Sharp (Fitchburg State | Fr. |Townsend, Mass.): Sharp averaged 14.0 points and eight rebounds per game for the Falcons over three games last week. The first-year posted seven points, five rebounds and one assist in a 78-55 setback to Williams College on Monday before adding a double-double of 19 points and ten caroms as well as one steal and two blocks in an 83-80 loss to Regis College on Thursday. Sharp concluded the week with 16 points and nine rebounds in a 79-61 triumph against Salem State on Saturday.


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Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Charlton, Mass.): In his team’s lone contest of the week, the senior forward recorded his 14th straight double-double with 25 points and 18 rebounds as the AMCATs defeated Norwich University in an early January conference matchup. Rapoza netted 15 of his 25 points in the second half – he finished 11 of 13 from the field. 

Jordan White (Assumption College | RS-Jr. | Prince Frederick, Md.): White put up double figures in two games for the Hounds last week. He started the week with 16 points off the bench in a setback at Saint Anselm. He went 7-for-9 from the field and added six rebounds in his 16 minutes of play. White put up 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds at Saint Rose on Saturday. He came up with two steals and a block in the setback.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr. | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro continued to lead the Hawks this past week, averaging 15.7 points per game on 47.4 percent shooting over three games. The junior also averaged 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals per contest. Facing the Bulldogs of Dean College on Saturday, Ribeiro nearly carried Becker to victory with 21 points and eight boards before the Hawks came up just short. As of press time, Ribeiro ranks fourth in the nation in total minutes.

Tyler Dion (Worcester State | Sr. | Barre, Mass.): Dion was impressive in a come-from-behind win for Worcester State over Becker last Monday evening. The senior scored 23 points with five three-pointers, while also grabbing three rebounds, one steal, and one assist.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI | Jr. | Townsend, MA): Garrett Stephenson shot an eye-popping 80% during a 1-1 week for the Engineers. The junior center collected 12 points in WPI’s 68-52 conference-opening win over MIT before pouring in 22 points in a 93-81 setback to Babson in a match-up of nationally-ranked teams. Stephenson connected on 16-of-20 shots from the field and added six assists and five rebounds in the two contests. 


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.